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    Ultimate Member LeftCoast's Avatar
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    Creating 98 startup disk(dos bootdisk) with USB support.

    Hi all,

    I want to make a 98 startup disk (or just a plain dos bootdisk) that has support for USB (so I can use a USB external CD burner). Similar to a 98 bootdisk with cd-rom support, only with USB support as well.

    I'm trying to make a Ghost boot floppy that I can get my external USB burner to be recognized, so I can use it to burn the rescue image to disk. I know I can always open the box up and connest my own internal burner, but if I can save some time and effort, why not?
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    1010011010 jmichna's Avatar
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    Are there real mode (DOS) drivers for your USB burner? If so, you could add these to the boot disk and create/amend config.sys and autoexec.bat files to load the drivers.
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    For an external USB device in DOS you can use the DUSE drivers and for USB ZIP Hitachi drivers work well. The drivers are available online by searching for DUSE, USB DOS, Hitachi USB, etc.. If you can't find them, let me know and I will e-mail them to you along with the appropriate config.sys and autoexec.bat files. The basic recovery boot disks are made by restarting in DOS from W98 and typing sys C: A: at the command line. After that it is a matter of placing the right files on the floppy (it will only take one).

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    hmm, just wondering....how fast is usb burner 1 gonna be?? maybe 4x??

    U might try pming "salesman_gil"...he has done lots of ghosting...on lappys etc....but I think he did network ghosting..maybe he knows
    "Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"

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    does your motherboard support USB in DOS by defualt?

    Most newer ones do (as far as I know) and I know mine does.
    You may have to set it to allow it.

    Loads the USB drive like another IDE or SCSI drive.


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    DELL on USB in DOS

    Check with the manufacturer of your PC (or motherboard, if you bought it separately). Some motherboard BIOSes limit function of a USB device in DOS, even with drivers present. In a few cases, this has been fixed with a BIOS update.

    FYI: This is the DELL statement RE USB-DOS-MotherBoard

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